WordPress themes are very popular with users of this open-source platform primarily because the theme defines the look and feel of your website and the functions within the template carry your content forward to the eyes of your readers. In October 2012, WebDevStudios COO, Lisa Sabin-Wilson, presented “Oh, the Themes You’ll Do!” at WordCamp Philly. Not only did she dress like The Cat in the Hat (WordCamp Philly is famous for taking place during or near Halloween and encouraging speakers and attendees to don costumes), she also penned this clever adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
Congratulations! Today is your day.
You’re off to create Child Themes! You’re off and away!
You have brains in your head. You have nothing to lose.
You can pick a WordPress theme any style it up how you choose.
You’re on your own. And you know what you know.
And this session will help you decide where to go.
You’ll look at many designs and layouts. Look ’em over with care.
About some you will say, “I don’t choose to go there.”
With your head full of brains and poetic code oh-so-sweet,
you’re too smart to go down any not-so-good street.
And you may not find any Themes you want to bring down.
In that case, of course, you’ll just straight code your own.
Watch the video of Lisa’s session below. It takes you through the basics of creating Child Themes based off an existing theme in order to customize a theme to your liking, without having to code or develop the whole kit and kaboodle. Child Themes are a timesaver and a great way to learn about WordPress Themeing.
Want to see more tutorials and talks from other WordCamp events? Visit WordPress.tv. To find out which WordCamps you can connect with WebDevStudios, visit our WDS Gives Back page. We list the events we’re attending there.